In this issue’s welcome page I take a look at the best of football-inspired pop.  And this week sees the release of a new Fat Les single, in the run up to the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

The man who penned England New Order’s World In Motion, Keith Allen, joins forces with his daughter Lily for easily the best Fat Les romp yet, complete with punk rock morris dancers (or are they extras from A Clockwork Orange?).  The track was actually originally released in 2002, but will live on thanks to unrivalled lyrical passages like this…

“50% of the inventions inverted after the second world war have been English. Trains, Boats, Planes, Computers, Penicillin, Connect Four, Countdown, Generation Game, Telephones, Parliament, National Health, Luddites, Bessemer Converter, Spinning Jenny, Steam, Internal Combustion, Hovercraft, The Clash, Blur, Oasis, Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Capstan Full Strength, Navy Rum, Hipsters, Hippies, Flares, Vera Lynn and Chris Kamara.”

If my research is correct, the Top 10 best football-inspired songs ever would go like this.  But what’s your favourite and why?  Let us know.


1. Pop Will Eat Itself – Touched By The Hand of Cicciolina

2. Stephen Duffy – Holte End Hotel

3. England New Order – World in Motion

4. The Lightning Seeds – Three Lions


5. The Fall – Kicker Conspiracy

6. Primal Scream & Irvine Welsh – The Big Man And The Scream Team Meet The Barmy Army Uptown

7. Colourbox – The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme

8. Saint Etienne – The Official Saint Etienne World Cup Theme


9. Black Grape – England’s Irie

10. Billy Bragg – God’s Footballer